GENERAL GRAND MASONIC CONGRESS
SERVICE TO THE WOLD THROUGH THE LOVE & CHARITY OF MAN
The Things That Mason's Do
Masonry teaches that each person has a responsibility to make things better in the world. Most individuals won't be the ones to find a cure for cancer, or eliminate poverty, or help create world peace, but every man and woman and child can do something to help others and to make things a little better. Masonry is deeply involved with helping people. It spends more than $2 Million Dollars Every Day in the United States, just to make life a little easier. The vast majority of that help goes to people who are not Masons.
Some of these charities are vast projects, like the Crippled Children's Hospitals and Burns Institutes and Hospitals built by the Shriners. Also, Scottish Rite Masons maintain a nationwide network of over 100 Childhood Language Disorders Clinics, Centers, and Programs. Each helps children afflicted by such conditions as aphasia, dyslexia, stuttering, and related learning or speech disorders like Apraxia of Speech
Some services are less noticeable, like helping Widows and Orphans pay the electric bill or buying coats and shoes for disadvantaged children. There's about anything you can think of in-between...like Arbor or Earth Day. With projects large or small, the Masons of a Lodge try to help make the world a better place. The Masonic Lodge gives Brothers and Sisters a way to combine with others to do even more good in the World because there is Power in Numbers.
Masonry Does Something Positive "inside" The Individual Man
"Grow or Die" is a great law of all nature. Most people feel a need for continued growth as individuals. They feel they are not as honest or as charitable or as compassionate or as loving or as trusting or as well informed as they ought to be. Masonry reminds its members over and over again of the importance of these qualities and education. It lets men associate with other men of honor and integrity who believe that things like honesty, compassion, love, trust, and knowledge are important. In some ways, Masonry is a support group for men who are trying to make the right decisions. It's easier to practice these virtues when you know that those around you think they are important too, and won't laugh at you. That's a major reason that Masons enjoy being together.
Two basic kinds of meetings take place in a Lodge:
Business: This kind of meeting may start and end with an opening and close that reminds Masons of their duties and virtues by which they are supposed to operate and live. There is a reading of the minutes; voting on petitions (applications of men who want to join the fraternity); planning for charitable functions, family events, and other lodge activities; and the sharing of information about Members called "Brothers," as in most fraternities about things like who may be ill or in some sort of need.
Ritual: This kind of meeting always starts and ends with a formal opening and closing and is seen as sacred because it is used when someone is going to join the fraternity or one at which the "degrees" of advancement of knowledge are performed. It is like a graduation played out through a historical dramatization.
Lodges operate on various levels, National, State, and Local. Every Lodge serves more than its own members. Frequently, there are meetings open to the public. Examples are "Ladies' Night," or "Brother Bring a Friend Night," to include public installations of officers, cornerstone laying ceremonies, and other special meetings supporting community events dealing with local interest. Our goals are to improve the community in which we live in, and our Motto is to help "Make Good Men Better".
MASONIC ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE G.G.M.C.
Grand Supreme Council Meeting
Intake for Membership into the Lights, Rights, & Benefits of Free Masonry
BBQ Cook Offs
Domino & Card Tournaments
Donations to Charity's
Family Night Out
Host Dances, Banquets, Balls & Benefits
St. John's Days
Community Easter Egg Hunt
Food and Clothing Drives
Back to School Supply Drives...
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